Sherpa Romeo for the REF

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HEFCE has now announced its open access policy for the next REF. This states that “authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication”. How can you check that the journal you want to publish in allows this?

The Sherpa Romeo site gives guidance on publisher policies.
For example:

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This is a common result – the author can archive the post-print, the final draft after peer review,which is what is needed to comply with the REF requirements. You cannot use the publisher’s PDF with their formatting in this case. This is common although there are some publishers who allow their PDFs to be used in repositories.

You need to keep a copy of the final version of your paper without publisher formatting and submit it to our institutional repository, Cronfa, when it is accepted for publication– see the user guide for details of how to do this and contact your subject librarian if you need help.

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